As far as I’ve ever known, a triathlon consists of 3 components: a swim, a bike ride, and a run. I knew the distances varied depending on the level of competition, but those were the components available. Or so I thought.
I also thought the closest I’d ever get to competing in a triathlon was walking, riding my bike, and taking a shower on the same day. And to be honest, I was quite happy with that. Especially the shower part.
Over the weekend, I happened to meet a fellow who is training for a triathlon, only his triathlon trades out the swimming for kayaking. In talking with him, I learned that there are other tri “off-shoots” with different segments, but the common ground is that there are three segments. Hence, the ‘tri’.
Suddenly my walk, bike, shower tri doesn’t seem so silly. I mean, it is a vigorous shower.
Okay, I lied. I stand there and let hot water soak into all the spots that ache until I remember that hot water costs $$$ and reluctantly limp to the bed. So maybe my triathlon is a bit too “lite.”
For some reason, I decided today was a good day for a real Tippy Toe Triathlon. I already had a gym workout scheduled, and I’ve been tacking on a walk or bike ride after that anyway. Why not go for all three?
And so I did:
– Workout A (Phase 2) of New Rules of Lifting for Life (More on that next post.)
(break for lunch and produce run)
– Zippy 30 minute walk
(break for snack and book reading)
– 45-minute bike ride
So a total of 1 hour and 45 minutes of exercise. And now I’m too tired to even stand in the shower. I might have to take my friends up on their offer to use their Jacuzzi while they’re gone.
Since I have no desire to train for or compete in an actual triathlon, this whole idea of swapping out the standard triathlon components has me thinking that any of us can create our version of an event. You know, one that matches our abilities and our schedules.
For example, I’ll need to do yard work this weekend, so maybe I’ll make that a segment. (It burns a lot of calories, plus my gutters need cleaning again which will add to the tally.) Add in a bike ride and a walk and there’s my three segments.
On a rainy day, I might do my old stand-bys, the elliptical, the bike, and the stair climber at the gym. Twenty minutes of each and I’ve got myself an hour. Or just ten minutes of each if I’m pressed for time. Or if I’m tired.
What types of exercises would you choose if you could build your own tippy toe type triathlon? If you’re just starting out, you could set shorter time limits and build from there. If you’re way past me (and probably most of you ARE), you could aim higher. The idea is to put together three types of exercise (any exercise) in one day–ones that will stretch you, but not break you.